Frommer on Sports
Book Review: "Bases Loaded," "The Baseball Hall of
Fame" and more . .
Kirk Radomski was
employed in the clubhouse of the New York Mets for a
decade. Now in his first book "Bases Loaded"
(co-authored by David Fisher (Hudson Street
Press, $25.95, 246 pages) the chief figure inn the
Mitchell Reports takes the reader behind the
scenes for some little told stories of the steroid
scandal in baseball. It is an eye raising book, a
story whose end is not yet in sight, a book as
timely as today's headlines. Controversy and
conflict dogged Radmoski who became the main
clubhouse supplier of performance enhancing drugs to
nearly 300 major leaguers.
"The Baseball Hall of Fame" by Bert Randolph Sugar"
(Running Press, $35.00, 272 pages, more than 500
photos) is the mother of all books on the shrine in
Cooperstown, New York. Page after page of items from
the Hall's collection intermingle with the text of
Sugar, an old hand at the sports book game he has
written more than 50 books. Recommended
From Clerisy press in Cincinnati comes a quartette
of baseball books aimed at all kinds of readers and
for all types of tastes. "365 Oddball Days in Boston
Red Sox History" by John Snyder ($12.95, 372 pages,
paper) is an almanac style tome that picks up
a lot of eccentric nuances of Sox history through
the years. "Rollie's Follies" by Rollie
Fingers ($14.95, 228 pages, paper) is a collection
of stats, lists and lore all very illuminating and
entertaining. "Cincinnati's Crosley Field" by
Greg Rhodes and John Eradi ($25.00, 216 pages,
paper) is a perfect book for fans of the Reds
and others into baseball history showcasing as
it does the old ballpark in words and picture. And
finally "Dodgers Journal" by John Snyder
($29.95, 800 pages, paper) is a fountainhead of all
kinds of information about the franchise since
its inception in 1884.
For the golfers for getting or giving there is Homer
Kelley's "Golfing Machine" by Scott Gummer (Gotham
Books/Penguin, $26.00, 267 pages) an illuminating
look at nuances of the game and the genius whose
theories revolutionized it.
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